Executive Compensation, Benefits & Bonuses

ERISA

Outten & Golden attorneys can counsel employees about their rights under certain legally protected benefit plans, and help them recover the money or assets they are owed under these plans.

An important part of an employee’s compensation comes in the form of benefits: defined contribution (401K) plans, profit sharing and other deferred compensation, health insurance, and retiree benefits. Sometimes, though, employees and employers (or plan administrators, such as insurers) can have serious conflicts about the level of or eligibility for entitlements, and sometimes the difference can be very sizable. Employees have rights under the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) to appeal and—if necessary—litigate or arbitrate their claims for benefits. Outten & Golden attorneys can guide employees through the administrative process and bring their claims to court or arbitration.

News

Zacky Farms sued by former employee, accused of not providing advance layoffs notice

The Fresno Bee— Robert Rodriguez

A former employee of family-run turkey processor Zacky Farms has filed a lawsuit in federal court, claiming the company failed to give workers the required notice of layoffs prior to announcing it was closing.

Meanwhile, Zacky officials have said they tried to provide the workers as much notice as possible before deciding to shut down two weeks ago.

News of the lawsuit comes amid an announcement Wednesday the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

In the lawsuit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Fresno, laid off employee Karen Vance said the company violated the California Worker...